The Best Mobile Games I’ve Played, As A New Android User
It’s a little ironic that I was planning to write this article this week, since just Monday Rudolf was talking about his excitement regarding mobile gaming and asking for recommendations.
As a new Android user myself, having finally been let free of the Blackberry as of a few weeks ago, I’ve been delving into the marketplace and experiencing the buzz of mobile gaming. Off topic a little bit, the sad thing about Blackberry for me was that the phones worked perfectly…for a year. Then, much like old Nokias, everything goes wrong at once after that, and I ended up having more problems on my Blackberry than I’ve had in every phone I’ve ever owned combined. I was pretty damn fortunate after that, that an office contract came up at my dad’s workplace and I was able to get a phone.
Now, I could have gone all mainstream (just kidding) and gotten a Samsung Galaxy, as they’re the in-thing these days, but I decided to be hipster and get a Sony Xperia. Well, not really, as I’ve always just loved Sony’s phones. They’re undoubtedly the sexiest-looking on the market for me.
But all of this is irrelevant to the story here. So, armed with my new Xperia Droid, I began downloading a ton of games, because something has to save you from those boring campus lectures. After playing a good number, I’ve put together a shortlist of the absolute best games I’ve played. Keep in mind I haven’t exactly played hundreds yet, but I’ve definitely looked at the cream of the crop.
Before I begin, I have to urge you to keep in mind that all of these games I’ve listed here are free downloads, so you can go right on and get them straight after reading this.
In no particular order, the first on my list has to be Candy Crush Saga, which is a puzzle game about destroying candy. It’s easily one of the most addictive and awesome games I’ve played on a phone, and it’s no surprise that it’s seemingly never-ending. I’m on level 45 or something, and it shows no signs of running out of steam. The only major downside to the game, is that you get something like five lives, and each time you fail a mission you lose one, meaning you’ll have to wait like half an hour to get it back. It can end up meaning that you need to wait a good few hours before all your lives are recovered. Of course, the obligatory scam here is that you can pay R10 or something to get all your lives back, but I personally will never engage in these racist microtransactions.
The next game on my amazing games list would have to be Jetpack Joyride, which is again one of the most addictive and fun games I’ve played on mobile. Basically, it’s one of those momentum games, where you’re continuously running (it’s a side-scroller) and you need to tap the screen to use your jetpack to avoid obstacles and fly. Except, there are a number of power ups to spice up the variety and keep things exciting, such as a gravity suit which lets you man the ceiling, a giant dragon that lets you blow fire and free fly, a mech suit that allows you to jump high and hover, and more. While it takes a bit long to accumulate points to buy the cosmetics, gadgets and perks, the game definitely throws rewards at you all the time, and it’s a great example of a game that’s designed to be fun and satisfactory first before money-grubbing. I completely recommend this game as one of your earliest downloads.
Into The Dead gets my recommendation as well, which is another momentum-style game except it’s very unique. In the game, your helicopter crash lands in a field overpopulated with zombies, and you’ll have to run and avoid them, picking up weapons along the way to off any who try to get you. It’s a first person game, and you’ll constantly be running forward, where it’s game over if you collide with a zombie. Before each match, you can equip perks from a selection of five, each costing a hundred gold. These do things like increase the amount of weapon drops, add a dog companion to kill zombies, allow you to start a round with a gun and so on. You’ll also get three missions, like challenges, to do before ranking up and getting three more. These serve to unlock more weapons, like chainsaws and shotguns. On top of that, there are two extra game modes unlockable, one of them involving mass killing zombies. This game is awesome fun, and it’s visually stunning. It requires no real money from you to enjoy and get the most out of, and there are no intrusive ads either. It’s simply a great game.
A personal favourite of mine would have to be Rope ‘n Fly 3, which is a quirky side-scrolling game in which you swing from building to building, avoiding the ground, because it will break your little dude into pieces. To describe this succinctly, it’s basically Spider-Man. It’s strangely addictive, with the objective of the game seeing how far you can get and how many points you can score. It’s simple, it’s fun, and it’s addictive, and it’s the best swinging game I could find next to Rope Escape. Rope ‘n Fly 3 is the simple version of Rope Escape basically, without crazy UFOs and flying boulders and high difficulty.
A new game I just got into yesterday, called Vector, instantly turned out to be one of my favourites. It’s a side-scrolling parkour game that gives a very Mirror’s Edge vibe. Basically, you’ll be running from security, vaulting and sliding and jumping and doing all manners of parkour tricks, of which there are dozens in the game. The game is simple to play, lots of fun and has an excellent visual style with fluid animation. It’s definitely an easy recommendation, and I can see myself spending a lot of time with it.
The next game on my list is Dead Trigger, which is a first person zombie shooting game. I haven’t played that much of it yet, but it has great controls, fantastic graphics and enjoyable gameplay. Of the little bit I’ve played, I can say that it’s mission-based, with you getting different objectives such as defending an area, or eliminating all zombies in the area, or getting from point A to B. I’m not sure if it can be fully enjoyed on its own without money yet, but it’s surely a good way to kill time and definitely closer to home with games you’re used to playing. I’m positive about it, and encourage trying it out.
Two other games I considered were Fruit Ninja and Hungry Shark, which are both great, but the above list of games has stopped me from returning to them, so I was inclined against mentioning them as favourites. They’re still good though, and definitely deserve a recommendation. As does Subway Surfer, which I really, really like, but it gets to be a bit how long it takes to unlock extras without using money. I suppose on gameplay alone though it’s a really addictive and entertaining title. Angry Birds also deserves its obligatory mention, but then again does it really need to be brought up? Although admittedly I do get quite annoyed with it these days and how corporate it is and full of advertisements.
Either way, that’s my list of greats with regards to mobile gaming. I’m sure I’ll discover more in the foreseeable future as I’ve yet to delve into racing, for one. I’d be happy to hear your favourites though, and your praise regarding how awesome my list is. Right, so sound off in the comments and don’t sacrifice any potatoes to the fire. They’ll never come back the same.